Macedonia

Zivorad ‘Zika’ Mitrovic – Miss Stone (1958)

IMDB rating: 8.3 / 10
First color film made in Republic of Macedonia. Based on a true story.

At the turn of the century, Macedonia is under the administration of the Ottoman Empire. Macedonian freedom fighters, in order to raise money for their cause, kidnap an American Protestant missionary – MIss Stone – and demand ransom for her return.

Whilst among her kidnappers, Miss Stone, who originally set out to convert Macedonians to Protestantism, was herself converted to the Macedonain cause for national independence. After her release she returned to the US where she campaigned for the Macedonian cause. Too bad American public opinion at the time equated ‘ransom’ with the tactics of Chinese brigands who also kidnapped American missionaries. Read More »

Stole Popov – Gypsy Magic AKA Gipsy Magic (1997)

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In a Macedonian gypsy village local man meets an Indian UNPROFOR physician whom he sees as solution to all his troubles. Read More »

Stole Popov – Avstralija, Avstralija AKA Australia, Australia (1976)

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Movie from 1976, in duration of 82 minutes.
The movie is created in widescreen technique, with sound, in color and 35mm.
Production:
Vardar film – Skopje
Content:
The film reflects the life of the Macedonian emigrants and migrant workers in Australia. With their going away in far away countries and living abroad, some of them have succeed in socializing, but there are still some of them who always remain with the dilemma of returning in their native country. Through their personal retellings and the metaphor description of their whole way of living in the new surroundings, expressed in a mosaical cinemathographic way, one could get known with the hard work of the Macedonian emigrants; also, the education of their children, as well as the holly celebrations in the church, such as the baptizing, the weddings, but even the funerals either, as unavoidable part of human living. Read More »

Igor Ivanov Izi – Soba so pijano aka The Piano Room (2013)

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This is a fable about the destinies of the guests who stay in the room with the piano in the hotel that is up for sale. This room, that hides them from the hypocrisy of the world outside, is the only place where they can find some kind of fulfillment. Although far from similar, as representatives of completely different social and cultural groups, all share emptiness in their life. As the years pass like revolving doors, motives become frustrations, ambition and fantasy lead to ruin. Only the Maid, oblivious to the thwarted dreams that check in and out, seems to move forward. Read More »

Aco Petrovski – Dervishi (1955)

Movie from 1955, in duration of 11 minutes.
The movie is created in standard technique, with sound, in black and white

Content:
The film describes the religious rites of the dervishes, from the Moslem religious sect

“Rifai”. Read More »

Aneta Leshnikovska – Boli li? Prvata balkanska dogma aka Does it hurt? (2007)

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The Dogma 95 film movement appeared out of the need to make low budget films that will be concentrated on the storytelling and the acting. No long preparations, no stylish million-dollar bullshitting. Just film. For many years most of the filmmakers in the Balkan have been doing exactly the same. It is just that they haven’t made a manifesto and most of them have never even heard of Dogma 95. Does it hurt? The First Balkan Dogma is a no budget mockumentary shot on HDV according to the dogma rules.

Synopsis:
A Macedonian filmmaker wants to make the first official Balkan Dogma film in Macedonia. She lies to her friends that she got financial support from the Zentropa producers. The film starts from the moment that she gathers her closest friends and asks them to join her in the quest for finding the right story for the film. She has decided to film the whole process from the very beginning and use it later for the making off. Following the four characters in their quest we discover Macedonia and the Balkans in 2006. The camera captures visual sequences of the absurdity, humour and survival techniques of a land and people in transition. The making of project ultimately becomes the true subject of the film. Read More »

France Stiglic – Volca nok aka Night of the Wolves (1955)

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This is Macedonia’s contribution to what was once the cottage industry of ex-Yugoslav Partisan war movies.

I will simplify this one for the outsider that is not well verse in Macedonian history, particularly WWII – Macedonian partisans take up the struggle against Bulgarian fascists that occupy Macedonia. This was not by any means an easy battle since Bulgaria was the only German ally that did not send troops to the Russian front. Thus, the entire Bulgarian military machine could, without distraction, dedicate its efforts to crushing the Macedonian resistance. Read More »